Suzuki Australia will soon introduce its MY22 range, with all models set to get a big multimedia upgrade – at a cost.
From November, all variants - excluding the Jimny light SUV’s Lite range-opener that goes without a touchscreen - will replace their current 7.0-inch unit with a new locally supplied 9.0-inch item, which is unbranded and has a higher resolution and a faster processor.
In a recent survey of Suzuki Australia owners, 95 per cent said they don't use their inbuilt sat-nav and instead choose to access mapping with a connected device, opening the door for the move.
But what motivated the change? Well, the ongoing global semiconductor shortage continues to make its presence felt, so Suzuki Australia decided to make the switch, which will help improve its supply by thousands of vehicles.
Speaking to CarsGuide, the company's general manager, Michael Pachota, said: "We made a decision with our global company to keep bringing good levels of stock into Australia rather than be hampered by the semiconductor shortfall.
"The majority of the components are from China, but we’ve gone through stringent testing. It’s important to maintain customer satisfaction, but also maintain our high standard of reliability.
All grades will replace their current 7.0-inch touchscreen (pictured) with a new 9.0-inch unit.
"We worked together with Japan to achieve all this. We’re happy with the outcome."
The fresh set-up will be fitted and tested by local automotive logistics company AutoNexus at port, with vehicles set to arrive without a touchscreen or with a CD player before ultimately being distributed to Suzuki Australia's dealer network, including locations in neighbouring New Zealand.
It’s not yet known if pricing will be impacted, but the remainder of the aforementioned Jimny line-up as well as the Swift light hatchback. Baleno light hatchback, Vitara small SUV, Ignis light SUV and S-Cross small SUV ranges are affected.
Needless to say, Suzuki Australia is expected to share more details on its MY22 line-up soon, and time will tell if the move ends up being permanent. Stay tuned.